Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Merckle places second at World Team Trials
Fort Cherry’s Jessie Merckle turned in a strong performance Wednesday at the 2011 World Youth Track & Field Trials, held for athletes ages 16 & 17 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Merckle, who will be a senior, placed second with a throw of 148-6, eclipsing her personal best of 147-7 in 2010.
Haley Crouser from Oregon won the event with a throw of 167-6.
Despite the strong finish, Merckle was not selected to represent Team USA at the World Championships in Lille, France. A total of 43 athletes (boys and girls) were selected from 34 events.
Merckle is a two-time WPIAL Class AA javelin champion, and she placed second at the PIAA championships in May.
(Photos courtesy of Fort Cherry track coach Ben Maxin. Thanks Ben.)